Coping with cancer/Hoping in Christ (Part 4)…

Update #4 (Meeting w/Surgeon) August 16, 2016

I met with the surgeon today and she remembered me from my own mother’s fight with cancer, (she was her Doctor, as well). I instantly felt peace about things, as she spoke personally with me about my situation and how it differed from my mother’s.
It was a lot of information, so I will try to recap it as simple as possible.
  • Good news…She recommended surgery first and then we can wait to see if I need treatment later.
  • The tumor is slighly higher than she initially thought, which will help with making surgery a little less complicated(Good news).
  • There is a small possibiliy that I may have a colostomy bag until I recover (Bad news). But if surgery goes well, then I may not have it all (Good news).
  • Obviously, I’m hoping for the latter, but if not, it would be temporary and reversed after recovery.
  • There are some nodes, surrounding the colon, that are swollen. They will be removed with the tumor and biopsied.
  • IF they come back cancerous, then I’ll need radiation and chemo (Bad news), but if they come back clean, then I won’t! (Good news).
  • There is also a chance that my tumor has caused an abnormal attachment between the colon, (where the tumor is located), and the uterus.
  • If so, the Doctor will attempt to separate it without complication. If she can’t, then I may need a hysterectomy, as well (Bad news). Obviously, I’m hoping for the least amount of invasion.
  • Surgery will be scheduled in less than 2 weeks.
  • I will be out of work for about a month, recovering.
Tomorrow, I talk to the Oncologist about the possiblity of treatment and what that may look like, if it is recommended.
I am so humbled in this process. It is not easy to talk about these things, but I’m committed to being open and transparent, not only with my treatment plan, but with my feelings & faith, as well. I know God can use all of it for a greater purpose.
I admit, I can struggle with my insecurities and start to be scared again. I can also start thinking stupid thoughts, like: “I don’t want to lose my hair!” or “I don’t want a colostomy bag!!!” I wish I could say that I didn’t struggle with that kind of pride, but I can’t. When my own Mother would say those things to me, I would immediately remind her that her life was much more important than those silly issues of vanity…and now here I am, dealing with the same issues and they’re not so silly anymore.  I find myself praying for “my will” again, instead of surrendering fully to God’s.
So, I continue to ask you to please pray for me, that I would let go and trust God to get me through this, even if it is difficult; even if it is embarrassing or humbling. 
My own prayers tend to be, me asking God that everything would go smooth and easy, but I am quickly reminded that God never promised me a life that would be easy…but He DID promise that He would never leave me or forsake me….I can rest in that. I can trust He will get me through this! I can let His perfect peace and love cast out all my fears and I can rejoice in the hope I have in HIM.
Thank you again for your loving support.
~Danielle
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Coping with cancer/Hoping in Christ (part 3)…

Update: August 12, 2016
I got the call from my GI Doctor today and the 2nd biopsy came back clean (yay!), which means 1 of 2 things..

1). There may have been some cross-contamination from the tumor. 

or…

2). They successfully removed potentially cancerous tissue surrounding the 5 polyps. 

…Either way, this is good news to me! 

We can now focus our attention solely on treating/removing the tumor. 

My treatment plan now rests in the hands of my oncologist and my surgeon as they review my charts. I will meet with both of them next Tuesday and Wednesday. 

For now, my heart is lifted, even if just momentarily. I know this journey will not be an easy one, but I’m finding my hope & peace in the shelter of the Almighty God!

In the last two weeks, I have experience more emotions than I ever thought possible, but I’ve witnessed an amazing outpouring of love. I can’t stop crying as I read all of your posts, stories, texts, encouragement, prayers, etc. I wish I could personally tell you how much you all mean to me. Thank you! 

Danielle 

I will continue to update all of you as things unfold. In the meantime, your continued prayers for our family is so greatly appreciated! 

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Coping with cancer/Hoping in Christ: (part 2)

UPDATE: August 8th

First let me say THANK YOU! Words can’t describe how grateful I am for the outpouring of love, support, prayers, texts, calls, etc. from each and every one of  you. God is so merciful and good to give me such an amazing support system. I never realized how deep it ran, until now. May God bless each of you in return!

So, here’s the update:

I had the CT Scan last Friday and got the results back this morning. My Doctor delivered relatively good news saying that nothing has spread. Thank you, Jesus! Tomorrow, I am having another colonoscopy to re-evaluate the other areas where the 4 polyps were taken. There is a possibility that there may have been some cross-contamination factors and maybe those polyps were not cancerous at all. That would be more good news. Then it would just be isolated to the 2″ tumor. I still don’t know the stage of the cancer, but I do know, from the scan that it is NOT stage 4. Yay! I also know, that I have a different type of cancer than what my Mother had. Mine is Adenocarcinoma and my Mother’s was Squamous cell carcinoma. I’m being let to believe that mine will be much less messy and a more favorable outcome. Another Yay!

After I know the results of tomorrow’s 2nd colonoscopy, I’ll have more of an idea of my treatment plan. Again…thank you for loving on me through this time. I have been incredibly lifted up and my faith is strengthened through your prayers and encouragement. I wish I could thank each of you in person!

Moving Forward…

2 Corinthians 4:1-18: Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.  Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  The godof this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-Danielle

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To my family and Friends… Coping with Cancer/ Hoping in Christ (Pt.1)

Family and Friends,

I have some bad news. I was just diagnosed with colon cancer. I’m in the process of many tests to determine its stage and my treatment plan. There’s a lot I don’t know yet, but with every bit of new information, it is my goal to write it down once and then let my immediate family share the information with you. It is very overwhelming, especially after losing my Mom recently to cancer, I have not had sufficient time to grieve and recover emotionally. Sometimes life is like a speeding roller coaster that offers no time to process anything around me. This is one of those times, where all I can do is buckle up with the power of the Holy Spirit living in me and hold on tight to Jesus and His promises.

Here’s what I know so far…

I have a 2 inch cancerous tumor in my descending colon. I’m having a cat scan done today to determine the stage. I may have other cancerous areas, as a test revealed cancer fragments in 4 other polyps that were removed as well. Once I know the results of this scan, I will have a better idea of my treatment plan, which will most likely include radiation, chemo and surgery to remove a large part of my colon.

Obviously, this is going to affect my work, my family and my emotions. But let me assure you, I will not allow this to affect my faith, which is rooted in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who sits on the throne of my life. All that I am and ever hope to be is in His hands.

Here’s what I’m asking from you…

To my clients: I will continue to work and do the best I can to be there for you for as long as I am able. However, there may be sudden changes I’ll need to make in scheduling. I have asked Rebeca (the other hairstylist at Akua) to be available to you if I cannot. She is ready to help.

To everyone: Please pray for the following…

Please pray for my girls, Elle and Emma…they are scared.

Please pray for my husband, Aaron…to have the strength to bear the load and remain strong for our family.

Please pray for all of my family to trust God, not question “why” and know that He has a purpose in all of this.

Please pray for me… that I continue to draw strength from God and stay focused on Him and not my circumstances; To know His purpose, His peace, His strength, His comfort and His infinite love for me, no matter what happens.

Thank you so much for your love, support and your prayers. I will try to post updates on my blog site (https://dbythesea.wordpress.com/wow/) and/or my Facebook page.

I love you all dearly!

Danielle

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Commitment Issues

I’ve been having a love affair with my guitar and I was really hoping to make sweet music together, but I seem to be having commitment issues. Haha..no, really…I do love it and always enjoy my time learning to play it, but I just can’t seem to commit to it! I desperately want to play and build a future with it…so what’s my problem? Maybe it’s my not-so-pitch-perfect voice that keeps me from playing. Or maybe that’s just a dumb excuse. Maybe I’m like the person who says they want to get in shape and go to the gym, but never goes. They really do want to, but wanting it and actually doing it are two very different things. It takes commitment and discipline and hard work. All of which are extremely challenging, but definitely not impossible. Excuses pile up, right? I’m too tired; it’s too cold; it’s too hot; my back hurts, (blah blah blah). I know, I know, I do it all the time.. I’m so out of shape and I keep telling myself I’m gonna make changes, but it’s soooo hard. Well, I guess that’s why I can’t run anymore or play the guitar. Maybe I don’t really have commitment issues at all…maybe, I’m just not willing to put in the hard work (gulp). That’s a hard pill to swallow, but truth often is.

I write lots of poetry and every now and then, I attempt to give it rhythm and form. I’ve even gone so far as to bribe a close friend to get me into a recording studio to record one of my songs. It was an awesome experience, mostly because the technology covered up the off-pitch parts of my voice and made it sound better than it really is, (kind of like air-brushing the voice). I wish I could share that song with all of you, but it was written years ago, for a man I once dated, (who had commitment issues, too), and I don’t think my husband would appreciate me posting a song I wrote for someone other than him. I did, however write another song specifically for my husband that he loves. My daughters do too, but I wasn’t able to get into that magical recording studio to make my voice sound good, so I can’t share that one, either. Sorry, that’s the best excuse I have.

Excuses are so easy to give, aren’t they? But they’re often harder to receive and hard to argue. We’re all guilty of dishing them out and most of us would agree that we hate them. So, why do we do it? I’m starting to discover how annoying excuses are. Especially my own. When I think of all the excuses I’ve given for my shortcomings and things I’ve wanted to accomplish, I get so frustrated at myself. Why can’t I stop making excuses and just do it? NIKE got it, so why, oh why can’t I? What do we want so badly, that gets replaced by excuses? Do we really want it, then? If so, get up and go after it! Pull up those bootstraps and move! Just COMMIT… UGHHH, there’s that awful word again.

I’m in the process of recognizing that I AM getting older and if I don’t start doing something about my commitment issues, I’ll never achieve anything of real value. Whether it’s my health, the guitar, my relationships with people or my relationship with God, it begins with commitment and ends with perseverance. Simple, right? NOPE! Nothing valuable is ever achieved without hard work and often a lot pain, but nearly always worth every bit of it, in the end.

We do have control over some things in our life, but there are many things we simply don’t have any control over. If I am really honest with myself, I will know the difference between the two and shouldn’t make excuses for what I can be doing myself. But, what if I don’t have any control? Then what? Well, I wrote a song for that too and I’m going to share it with you, (but only the words, because I’m still working on the rhythm). This song is about getting through the storms, that we can’t control. Sometimes, God allows us to go through them, but we don’t have to be a victim of their disaster. The storm can be used to cleanse us, test our faith, build our character and give us new life. This song was conceived in the eye of a pretty tough storm, which I’m still currently going through. I even used the storm as my excuse to stop writing, but God is showing me that I need to keep writing. God is seeing me through this hard time and the only reason I’m still standing is because I’m keeping my eyes on Jesus and not the storm. He is teaching me to rejoice in it, because it will refine me, just as gold is refined by fire; that my hope is in Him, even when I can’t see through the darkness.

MY HOPE IS IN THEE

Swept away by another storm, the current’s too strong to stand
So, Lord, in you I place my trust, tho I don’t understand
Your reasons why, still here am I
My life is in your hands
 
(CHORUS)
My eyes are on Jesus, I surrender to Thee,
and consider my troubles, pure joy for me.
Purify me through pain, while I rejoice in the rain 
and when I can’t see…my hope is in Thee
 
(VS.2)
When I’m tossed by the waves of doubt and I can’t see the shore
I hold on to the hope I have and the promises in your word 
Through the eye of the storm, keep my eyes on you, Lord
and remind me that I’m yours
 
(CHORUS)
My eyes are on Jesus, I surrender to Thee,
and consider my troubles, pure joy for me.
Purify me through pain, while I rejoice in the rain 
and when I can’t see…my hope is in Thee
 
(BRIDGE)
You whisper my name, so gentle and clear, 
saying “don’t be afraid, my child, I am here”
I’ll see you through, just take my hand
Let ME be the rock on which you will stand”
 
(CHORUS)
My eyes are on Jesus, I surrender to Thee,
and consider my troubles, pure joy for me.
Purify me through pain, while I rejoice in the rain 
and when I can’t see…my hope is in Thee
 
If you’re going through a storm, ask God to show you whether or not it’s because you refused to do the hard work OR if it’s an opportunity to be tested, strengthened or purified. If it’s the former, be willing to commit to the task. If it’s the latter, be committed to going through the fire, with your eyes on Jesus, so you can come through it refined as pure gold. Call upon Him and He will answer you. Trust His promise to never leave you or forsake you. And when you can’t see through the darkness, let your Hope always be in HIM! He NEVER has commitment issues!
 
James 1:2-8
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
 
Deut. 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
 
**If anyone wants to help me put this song to music, let me know…I could use the help! Send me a note. Thanks!
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An Easter Poem

(A Repost of an Easter Poem I wrote in 2012.)

Life makes no promises, nor guarantees gain;
No glory in riches, power or fame.

No freedom from sadness, worry or fears;
pain or losses, heartaches or tears.

No gain for the righteous, nor justice for bad;
No rest for the weary or joy for the sad.

It offers no fountain to quench the soul;
Nor keep the young from growing old.

No promise of treasure, found by skill;
No trophy awarded with lasting thrill.

It plays favorites to no one, takes what it may;
Gives no lasting victory for a winning play.

No plans that promise to stay on course;
No absence of sorrow, regret or remorse.

No promise of loyal and lasting friends;
No love so perfect from beginning to end.

No great strength, money or goodwill;
That can breathe into the soul, a life fulfilled.

The only promise that life will give;
is the free choice, for whom we will live.

To live for ourselves, there is no reward;
But abundant life, who live for the Lord.

Life promises nothing of which we can cleave;
God promises life, for all who believe.

There’s only one hope, and only one friend,
There’s only one God who’ll stand in the end.

Though crucified, He conquered the grave;
Our sin forgiven, our debt has been paid.

The gift of life, fulfilled and set free,
Jesus Christ will give, to all who receive.

Ask and He will answer, seek and you will find;
Knock and the door will open; His promise to all mankind.

Happy Easter! May we remember His great love for us.

Romans 5:8 God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

(REPOSTED FROM APRIL 2012 BLOG)

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Skeletons in my Kansas City Closet

I started this blog 3 years ago, with a desire to be authentic, exposing my real struggles as a Christian and share my faith in God, so that I might encourage others and bring glory to His name, as well as shatter any expectation that Christians are perfect. We are not, but by the grace of God, we are forgiven. This next story is not an easy for me to tell, but I believe it needs to be told.

There are many stories in my past, none of which, reveal who I am, but they have all made me who I am. I played so many different characters in my life, due in part, to my own insecurities. Finding my identity became like shopping for clothes. I’d try them on, only to realize how grossly mis-fit they were, but not before getting stuck. Getting out usually meant tearing them off and unfortunately, many hearts were left in need of a great mender. Thank God, there is one.

I have not talked about this particular story much, mostly because I’ve denied it having any relevance at all. For 25 years, it remained, as I saw it; a wasted fragment of my youth too embarrassing to talk about. But God has a gentle way of revealing the significance of everything in my life to teach and grow me closer to Him. And at 45, I can now say with confidence that nothing is ever without meaning or purpose. So, here it goes…

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who began ‘shopping’ for identity, purpose and love to fill her empty closet. She was 18, raised in a Christian home and preparing for high school graduation when she met a popular college pastor at a church in San Diego. In her very young and naive eyes, he was a leader and she was drawn to him, like a groupie to a rock star. He was 10 years older and many thought she’d never gain his attention, nor should she, but because she was a determined little girl, she set out to prove them all wrong. However, her passion became an obsession that she misinterpreted for love and devotion, that ultimately led to marriage at the age of 20. She thought she loved him. She also thought she loved God, but at that age, love for man or God are not truly understood.

Before this man proposed to her, he was offered a job as Sr. Associate Pastor at a mega, inter-city church in Kansas City, MO. with one requirement; he had to have a wife. So, in the blink of an eye, she went from a Senior in high school to the Senior Associate Pastor’s wife living in Kansas City, Missouri, with a closet full of ugly church clothes. She had no idea what she was doing, nor what was about to happen, but being determined and believing in ministry, she committed herself to her new role, for her man and for her God. She sang, she spoke to women, prayed with people, sat through 5 services a week, waited in darkened hallways while he counseled people, she ate alone, went to bed alone, wore her hair in ridiculous buns and dressed in her oversized, Kansas City church clothes, more suited for a woman than a young girl in her 20’s. No more bikinis, no more giggling at boys or running through the mall with girlfriends. This was her life now and she quickly realized it was not what she wanted. She’d look at the stranger in the mirror and ask, “who are you?”. She felt completely lost.

Yes, that girl was me. I spoke in third person, because for the past 25 years, it was not my life, it was someone else’s. I refused to own it. I was too embarrassed and ashamed of how foolish I was, who I became and the way in which I abandoned it, blaming everyone but myself, believing I was the victim. I was not a victim. I was an immature and prideful little girl who thought I knew best, ignoring the advice of those who loved me. I couldn’t admit I was wrong and the consequences where too great, so I ran like a coward. The man I married was not a bad guy and even though he may have married me for all the wrong reasons, too, I’m sure I still shattered his world as he knew it. I spent a lot of time dealing with that truth, and admitting my responsibility in it, but not without first having to face and erase the resentments I had developed towards the church and God while in Kansas City.

The politics, hypocrisy and judgement were far too common. It’s unfortunate that those things still exist today, in some churches more than others.  But even more unfortunate, is the people who put their faith in church and being a good person, rather than a having a real relationship with God. People will fail, God will not. Of course, I didn’t know any of this back then, nor did I know what to expect, but it wasn’t at all what I had hoped. I remember one morning at church, someone criticized my dress for being too short, saying, “as a pastor’s wife, your dress should be below your knees”. I was shocked at first, then hurt and then really angry. Still, I asked God to show me if I was wrong in any way. I was so consumed with what she thought of me, that I missed any answer God may have had for me that day.

Over time, I sought to please people and to be what they wanted me to be instead of who God wanted me to be. More criticism came about my clothes, my hair, my makeup, something I said or did. I lived in a fish bowl, as others freely looked in to cast their stones. Don’t get me wrong, there were some genuine people who cared about me, but I simply let the bad outweigh any good. Finally, one day, after going out to my car and finding a note that said “IF you were really a christian, you wouldn’t drive 40 in a 25 mph zone.” That was it! I had enough of these critical people playing church and trying to be good enough for them. I resolved in my heart, that I was only chosen to be this man’s wife because he wanted a better job and a trophy wife. Knowing I did not love him, combined with feeling unfit and unloved, I left everything behind, clothes and all.

The year that followed, I ran from God and the church. I hid behind my resentments, justifying every one of them. I only saw myself as a failure. I began crossing moral boundaries that I previously had set, until I found myself looking in the mirror once again, asking the same questions. “Who am I?” I was still very lost. Today, I believe that God, in all His sovereignty, allowed me come full circle, so I could finally see the truth about who He REALLY is and who I was in HIS eyes. I did eventually see the truth and the truth set me free.

That young girl became lost because she tried filling her empty closet (heart) with a wardrobe unfit for her (man’s approval). She desired garments of value, worth and significance that were readily available to her, for free, from a loving and gracious God, but instead she sought after counterfeits, trying to uphold the laws, without a real relationship with Christ, much like the Pharisees did, and it cost her a great price, with no lasting value.

Who is she now? She is a child of the King, fearfully and wonderfully made. She has a purpose and it is NOT winning man’s favor, NOR is it trying to win God’s favor. Favor is freely given to those who ask. She is loved, bought with a price, clothed in His righteousness and sealed for eternity. She is me. (She can also be you, if you want it to be). 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

If this story only helps one person, then it is worth telling. I do not carry any residual resentments towards the church, because my faith and security are in Christ alone. I attend my local, humble church with gratitude, rather than judgment. I go with a hunger and thirst for righteousness, for HIS name’s sake, not man’s. If I am judged by a brother or sister in Christ, I will not harden my heart, as I once did, but I will, instead listen for the conviction of His Holy Spirit in me. (Good-intending people are not always right, but it doesn’t mean that God can’t still use them to speak to us). Lastly, I will never let failure in man ever push me away from God again.

We all have skeletons in our closet that we’re afraid of facing, but from my own experience, it’s worth the effort to clean up your spiritual house before the smell of rotten bones take over. What have I learned from all of this, that I hope to share with you? Know who God made you to be and be authentic. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Don’t try to please everyone; just know that you won’t. Have confidence in Christ. Don’t follow people; follow God. Don’t blame others for your circumstances, instead take responsibility for your own actions and let God deal with the rest. (There will be times we fall victim to someone else’s bad choices, but we can still have victory in Christ Jesus our LORD. Romans 8:27 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.) 

Don’t hold onto resentments. Judge not, lest you be judged. Forgive and pray for those who hurt you. Don’t blame God when bad things happen. It’s human nature to fail and make mistakes, and the consequences of those mistakes often ripple into the hearts and lives of others. It’s part of life and growing up, but KNOW that growing up and growing mature are not equal. If we are not learning from our mistakes, and making positive changes, then we are just getting good at making bad decisions, while getting old and more stupid. If you want to know what God wants from & for you, then ask HIM. Don’t believe everything people tell you. Ask HIM for discernment and know God’s written Word, so wisdom is already in your heart. Don’t let the voice of man override the voice of God. Seek with all your heart to know HIM and HIS truth and the Truth WILL set you free.

(Disclosure and apology: I am still a student of these lessons and in my last blog, I posted a photo that was perceived, by a reader, as offensive and he felt it discredited me as a Christian. I explained that it was merely symbolic of an emotion relative to the story about my sister. I must admit, it triggered some of these old feelings, so I edited the photo, but it also gave me the courage to write this post, so for that I am thankful for his comments and concern for my walk with God. I sincerely hope I’ve not offended anyone else and pray that no one lets their disappointment in me, push them away from the only true, living and perfect God).

1 Peter 1:3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

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